By KEVIN CHIRI
Tammany news bureau
SLIDELL – Organizers of the 1st annual Camellia City Smooth Jazz Festival are not letting a little thing like a hurricane slow them down.
After two years of planning for the festival that was scheduled Oct. 6-8 at the Northshore Harbor Center, plans were disrupted half-way through the weekend due to Hurricane Nate, which formed in the Gulf of Mexico and threatened the region.
Now, however, Jin Jeans Productions has announced a “make-up” concert of sorts that will be held Sunday, Nov. 12 at the Harbor Center with headliners Gerald Albright, Stephanie Jordan and The Speakerbox Experiment performing.
Anyone who had a festival ticket or a Sunday Jazz Brunch ticket purchased for the Smooth Jazz Festival can receive a free ticket for the new event, titled the “Camellia City Smooth Jazz Matinee Dinner.”
The November 12 show will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., however, you must contact festival organizers to ensure your ticket is confirmed since the free ticket offer will end on Oct. 22. To ensure your free ticket to the Nov. 12 show, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will be available at will call with valid identification.
”We would like to thank everyone who came out to support the Camellia City Smooth Jazz Festival’s inaugural weekend events,” Will Bias said. “Hurricane Nate posed many, many challenges from the initial forecast, and continued to impact operations throughout the Saturday and planned Sunday events. We realize and are extremely thankful that many of the attendees came out to experience this event. Our vendors, who were mostly small business owners, put a lot on the line to prepare for this event.”
As a way to show their appreciate for the support for the first Smooth Jazz Event, Will and Diane Bias, founders of the festival, said they will honor the rescheduled brunch tickets and those who purchased festival tickets and had the show cancelled after two performances.
After Oct. 22 tickets will go on sale for the Jazz Matinee/Dinner, Bias said. Tickets are currently available for $60 each for this new show at the website: camcityjazzfest.com.